Jason Brown served seven years in the NFL, beginning with the Baltimore Ravens as a fourth-round draft pick before moving to the St. Louis Rams under a five-year deal totaling $37.5 million. At one point, Brown became the highest-paid professional center in the league, he revealed on TODAY. However, despite a gleaming future ahead, he felt there was a higher calling on his life and he refused to ignore it.
The former football player was inspired by the life of his brother Lunsford B. Brown II, who passed away in 2003 while serving in Iraq. While comparing his 27 years of life to his brother, he realized he too wanted to use his talents for the greater good.
Brown would receive an offer to return to the Baltimore Ravens, but he decided to venture into unfamiliar territory and become a farmer. Brown moved from his mansion to open First Fruits Farm in North Carolina.
“People tell me I’m crazy, they downright tell me that I’m stupid okay to walk away from millions of dollars,” Jason Brown said in an interview on the Tamron Hall Show. “Because if you have the opportunity to play in the NFL then it’s supposed to be a no-brainer.”
First Fruits Farm Feeds Thousands Of Local Families
Despite not acquiring previous experience in farming, Jason alongside his wife Tay Brown and eight children took on the challenge to tend the 1,000 acres with the help of YouTube.
“Seeing my children when we aren’t out there in the farm field and knowing that they’re learning life skills to help feed them and their families for generations to come, that is the blessing of a farm,” Jason Brown said in an interview with TODAY.
The family originally planned to distribute the first fruits of every harvest to local families but due to growing demand, they donated it all. As of February 2022, First Fruits Farm has donated over a million pounds of food through Jason Brown’s ministry Wisdom For Life.